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#21 OFFLINE   hkriflenut

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Posted Aug. 31 2009 - 01:45 PM

Nice work!

Anything along the lines of a IWB for a Sig 226..non-railed...right handed? :nt:


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Posted Aug. 31 2009 - 03:47 PM

As promised when he gave it to me, I am going to give some early impressions of the IWB holster, and the other goodies he's made.

First, the Mark I IWB G19 holster. When I first fondled it, it seemed a very sturdily built. Bit overbuilt, compared to most commercial holsters, but then again, it was designed to completely block the gun from the sweat of the wearer. In this, it excels. The belt attachment is solid, and the tail incorporated in the design really helps to stabilize the holster, I've used it for a week, and it hasn't moved much at all. It retains the gun just enough without making it unnecessarily hard to draw. I can invert the thing with the gun in it, and shake it pretty vigorously and it won't come out, but it draws easily. Perfect amount of retention, IMHO. Downsides: I wish the belt attachment was tilted for a touch more rake. Maybe 5*. Tiny little thing really, when viewing the holster as a whole. The other, I wish the "tail" of the holster was curved a bit more. I have a rather bony hip, attached to a rather fat ass. A little more body hugging curve would eliminate the "trouser print" a bit, but even so, it's very usable. I carried it today with only my AR15Armory polo over it, and no one could tell, it didn't print enough. I even stopped by the PD, and had a conversation with my old FTO, and asked him if he'd like to see my new pistol, and he asked me if I had to go out to the car to get it. He was surprised when I lifted my shirt tail and drew the 19 for him to look at. I'll give it a score of 8.5 out of 10. I should also note, I've never, ever, found a holster that I'd rate a 10, outside of a full-custom piece that my father made for me years ago. Too many variations of body shape and personal preference to ever get to a 10 in a mass produced holster, but this one is at least as good as anything I've seen from most of the major holster manufacturers.

Now, the magazine carrier. It works, and it works surprisingly well for such a minimalist design. I was impressed how well it retained the magazine. I wouldn't go on a run with it, but for normal wear while going about one's daily business, it would work just fine.

Flashlight carrier review will have to wait. I haven't had a chance to use it much, but it looks very promising. I won't have an excuse if caught without my Streamlight Twin Task off duty again.


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Posted Aug. 31 2009 - 10:52 PM

Thanks for that Pepper.

Once I get my next order of kydex in I'll hafta make a custom holster for whichever piece you want - the 19, the 21, or one of the others. It can have as much tilt or curvature as you want. Can also play with the retention for more or less - tho personally I wouldn't go with less than what that particular one has right now.

Might even be able to hook you up with a mag carrier for it - and maybe a new, better light carrier (the body of the one you have now is great - I'm still not 100% happy with the belt loop, simply because of it's epoxied-on design. That's what I get for using left-overs :)


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Posted Nov. 05 2009 - 12:19 PM

thank you for this thread, i'm now inspired...


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Posted Jan. 30 2010 - 07:32 PM

Can't say I've got the gusto to undergo this project myself, but thanks for the excellent thread nonetheless!


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Posted Aug. 22 2010 - 12:04 AM

i'm a new member here and just found this site.

here are a couple holsters i have made from Kydex. both are made with .60 Kydex and the clips made with .125

the first is a tuckable IWB for my G29 with Streamlight TLR-3. it still needs some work but it is very usable.
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the second is one i just finished tonight for my Kimber Pro Carry

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my advice is to make a press using 2x4's, plywood or OSB and door hinges. it really gives you good results as far as molding the kydex around the gun or whatever else your making a holster for. you can get foam from knifekits.com or just use a couple foam camping mats from wal mart cut into 12x12" pieces. the more foam you use the better the definition of your mold. i use more for the front of the holster than i do the back.


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Posted Aug. 22 2010 - 05:41 AM

I've heard tell of a guy here in Pittsburgh who does that, but i didn't think it could be as 'easy' as it sounds. Thanks for the pics and story - this is DEFINITE food for thought now! :thumb:


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Posted Oct. 06 2010 - 01:13 AM

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to register and post a Thank-you for all the info this site/thread has on making home made kydex holsters. i could not find a good L.H. - IWB tuckable kydex holster for my S&W Model 39, after extensive reading and re-reading etc...I ordered a sheet of .080" Black Kydex and measured cut, heated etc, below is the Near-finished product...all that remains is getting the proper screws, drilling holes for them, asembly, final triming (rounding) of the barrel end (which I decided to wait on until I have the screws installed where I want them) and finish sanding (if I decide to go that far).
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TUCKABLE J-HOOK MOUNT (will be installed on a canted angle as shown...I made sure to leave plenty of material on the install end to allow for that)
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I will post a final pic after I get the above stuff accomplished....again thanks to everyone who provided the information...it was a great help.


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Posted Oct. 09 2010 - 03:30 PM

When making a holster with an attached light, had anyone noticed if the plastic on the light melted? My kydex was just delivered to my house so I plan on starting my first holster when I get home from work. I plan on making an OWB holster for my M&P with an attached TLR-3 and I just don't want to melt anything except the kydex.

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Posted Oct. 09 2010 - 03:54 PM

The plastic on the light doesn't melt. However, you're also in control of the heat. Kydex becomes flexible at a temperature much lower than many other plastics. You want it warm enough to form, but not hot enough that it's a "limp noodle". Think of it about the way you would wet leather to form it into a holster. Keep it just too hot to touch, and you're fine. Any hotter, you'll make it start to melt, and it won't hold the shape you put into it. The best way to start out with Kydex, is to warm it slowly. Heat it up gradually, until it starts doing what you want it to do. If it cools too much while you're still working it, give it a little more. Remove the gun fairly often as the stuff hardens, and let the gun/sights/light cool. Water doesn't harm kydex, so wet your light down if you're worried, right before you put it back into the hot material.

Take your time, go slowly, and enjoy the process.


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Posted Oct. 09 2010 - 05:45 PM

Thanks!


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Posted Oct. 13 2010 - 08:40 PM

well here is the final pictures as promised...I think it turned out well...have had a couple friends ask where I bought it and look dumbfounded when I said I made it, so I guess I did OK job on it!

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I think If I make a new holster, I am going to try to figure out how to line the kydex with leather suede before I heat and form it....my Safariland holster (Duty Carry) has leather inside and it seems like the way to go....will post back if I get it to work with instsructions on what used etc.

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Posted Nov. 14 2010 - 09:39 PM

Hey guys Here are some holsters I've made in the last couple days. It's posted in another forum but you will have to click on the link so I don't have to retype it all haha. Thread on holsters


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Posted Oct. 03 2011 - 07:32 AM

Very nice!


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Posted Oct. 03 2011 - 10:58 AM

Great post.

Should this not be a sticky?

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Posted Dec. 21 2011 - 02:13 AM

Good stuff indeed! :thumb:


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Posted Jun. 12 2012 - 10:26 AM

I've come along way in quality with my last few holsters. there have been others I've made but these are the latest.

if your looking for a cheap alternative to the foam from knifekits, you can find a cheaper suitable replacement that is better than the camping mat foam in the garden section at your local Lowes. they are thick blue kneeling pads

the first is a OWB for my wifes 638 j-frame

08 back and .06 front. i messed on a couple rivets when lining them up. always happens. this is the first thing I've made in close to a year

yeah it's pink but that's what she wanted.

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Also made this IWB for my new G19.
.08 Coyote used .08 for the clip as well which will need to fine tuning after wearing it. needs shortened up a bit but it's functional

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Posted Jun. 12 2012 - 11:48 AM

Looks good. I have a small strip of kydex that I have my hole pattern drilled in, and I use it as a template on every holster, that way they are all the same, and they are much more likely to be straight. I havent tried making a revolver holster yet, but I know I could. I just want to make them with a sweatshield on the back. And to do that I need some dowel that is the same size as the cylinder to put behind it so the kudex doesnt wrap around it and lock the gun in the holster. I may use some type of putty though. Ive seen people using it for holsters lately.

And how did you get the kydex off of the gun where you screwed the belt loop? Just a piece of wood or something?

I have a buddy who got his girlfriend a S&W Airweight, and she wants a holster for it. I have some polished brass eyelets and Ill order some pink kydex. She should like that. lol





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